Bus drivers wanted: local district puts out plea for help
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WNWO) -- The Perrysburg School District has an immediate need for bus drivers to help fill vacant routes.
"We have 42 bus routes, we currently have four routes that are unfilled, which means everybody in the department that has a CDL is driving," said Aura Norris, Perrysburg Schools executive director of human resources and operations.
"Right now we're having to send drivers back out to help with some of these areas all three of our mechanics are driving some days, our director of transportation has been in a bus driving so it's kind of an all hands on deck right now to get the job done," said Greg Rufty Perrysburg bus driver.
Drivers are having to double up on routes, making kids late for school and parents late for work.
"As a parent that's frustrating, you got to get to work, you got to go on with your day, if you find out your kids bus is late that kind of ruins your day," said Norris.
Rufty has been driving for the Perrysburg District for 10 years and said the students and relationships are what make the job rewarding.
"When people think about bus driving, it's not necessarily this is what I do for a living, I own my own company I do this because I enjoy it it's not how a make my living and provide for my family," said Rufty.
Bus drivers start off at about $20 an hour and typically work two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
But more importantly, they work to play a role in the students lives.
"We're the first person from the district they see in the morning and we're the last ones they see on the way home, so I think it's an important role," said Rufty.
There is a six week training process to get the certification to become a bus driver. But Norris said the district will pay for that training.
If you're interested in becoming a school bus driver you can contact Aura Norris at 419-874-9131 ext. 2131 or apply online: http://www.perrysburgschools.net/Employment.aspx.